The Purchasing Agent/Buyer Certificate is a 12 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

SUPPLY CHAIN PROCESS MANAGEMENT (10182113)

1.00

Identify the key elements in Supply Chain Management and distinguish the key concepts that define effective Supply Chain Management in the 21st Century. Learners will define effective Supply Chain strategies and demonstrate how to integrate these strategies to organizational objectives. Learners will also identify and utilize continuous improvement strategies to improve existing Supply Chains.

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TECHNOLOGY IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN (10182122)

1.00

Examines the technological advances which have improved efficiency, responsiveness and profitability in the Supply Chain. In today’s supply chain landscape, technology utilization is becoming a key component of an organization’s success, innovation and competitive edge. Learners will identify advances and innovation in Supply Chain technology, assess available technology, and demonstrate a plan to effectively utilize technology to enable and support effective Supply Chain operations.

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ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING SOFTWARE (10182123)

1.00

Examines how organizations utilize Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to improve processes and become more efficient, responsive and effective. Learners analyze how ERP systems use a single database to integrate business transactions and processes leading to benefits such as enhanced management reporting and improved decision-making. The course will examine the core business modules of common ERP systems (Supply Chain Management, Sales/Marketing, Finance, Human Resources). Learners will investigate and compare common ERP software solution platforms. In culmination learners will illustrate how ERP systems improve planning, execution, visibility and collaboration by integrating business functional areas through an enterprise-wide information system.

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BENEFITS & CHALLENGES OF AN ERP SYSTEM (10182124)

1.00

Examines how organizations utilize Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to improve processes and become more efficient, responsive and effective. Learners analyze how ERP systems use a single database to integrate business transactions and processes leading to benefits such as enhanced management reporting and improved decision-making. The course will examine the core business modules of common ERP systems (Supply Chain Management, Sales/Marketing, Finance, Human Resources). Learners will investigate and compare common ERP software solution platforms. In culmination learners will illustrate how ERP systems improve planning, execution, visibility and collaboration by integrating business functional areas through an enterprise-wide information system.

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FOUNDATIONS OF INVENTORY (10182125)

1.00

Learners will gain an operational knowledge of the principles of inventory management, which involves planning and controlling the flow of materials and information to effectively manage an organization's material resources, minimize costs, and provide high levels of customer service. The course provides practical exercises in effective inventory techniques and concepts culminating in creating an inventory control plan for an organization. The inventory control plan will include a flowchart of product and information through an organization from forecast to distribution and establish inventory policies to source, control and transfer materials.

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MANAGING INVENTORY LEVELS (10182126)

1.00

Inventory is expensive and difficult to manage, and yet is an essential requirement for providing great service to customers. Managing Inventory Levels provides the tools to retain enough inventory to assure high levels of customer service, while avoiding excessive inventory levels that can create losses. Managing Inventory Levels prepares learners in the fundamentals of inventory management within an organization’s overall supply chain. The course addresses the key elements of inventory control and management including: inventory cost components, types uses and motives of inventory, planning inventory levels, maintaining inventory accuracy, financial inventory accounting methods, inventory performance metrics and business intelligence inventory analysis.

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EVALUATING THE PURCHASING PROCESS (10182127)

1.00

Examines how purchasing fits into the overall structure of an organization and its importance in maintaining supply chain efficiency. Learners evaluate how the purchasing function focuses on driving value through continuous improvements as part of an organization’s strategic objectives. Various cost and price analysis tools will be examined. Learners identify techniques purchasing professionals utilize to effectively manage inventory, work with vendors and evaluate the quality of goods. Additionally, learners will develop a thorough understanding of the supplier/buyer relationship and the benefits of high-quality supplier management systems.

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PURCHASING PROCESS (10182128)

1.00

Examines the fundamental elements of purchasing. Learners examine how the purchasing function fits into the overall structure of an organization and its importance in maintaining efficiency and reducing costs. Emphasis is placed on current business trends and their impact on the purchasing profession. Fundamental concepts, methods, and techniques used to evaluate requirements for purchasing goods and services are discussed. Contractual law and ethical issues facing the procurement professional are determined.

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PRINCIPLES OF NEGOTIATIONS (10182129)

1.00

Develops the learner's understanding of the principles, strategies, and tactics of effective negotiation and professional relationship management. The learner will be able to identify and assess the variables in negotiations, develop sound negotiation planning techniques as well as an understanding of various strategies and tactics to resolve conflicts, contractual and interpersonal differences. Common practices and strategies to enhance the purchasing professionals’ skills in negotiating with vendors and other businesses to secure agreements for materials creating mutually beneficial supplier relationships.

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THE ROLE OF LOGISTICS (10182135)

1.00

Examines the Logistics Management function of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customers’ requirements. Learners will examine practical management perspective of the following areas of Logistics: order management, distribution, transportation, international logistics, inventory control, facility location, sustainable logistics practices, key performance indicators and supply chain finance.

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GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (10182138)

1.00

Examines the factors that impact the design and management of global supply chains. Learners will examine financial, logistical, cultural, political, and supply risk factors impacting the efficient and effective flow of commerce between countries and regions of the world. Factors that firms take into account when considering whether to procure domestically or globally, including outsourcing and in-sourcing decisions, are analyzed. Strategic decisions involving which production facilities to own and where to locate the facilities are also discussed.

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GLOBAL SOURCING (10182139)

1.00

Examines the process of identifying, qualifying and negotiating the procurement of goods and services from global sources of supply. Learners will examine the combination of cultural, political, legal, ethical and financial factors encountered when sourcing globally. Strategic sourcing enhances efficiency and value, ultimately impacting the profitability of any organization. Learners will examine the benefits and challenges of global sourcing and learn how to develop and implement a global sourcing strategy in a dynamic world economy.

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Test-Out Option Term Definitions

Test

An exam that is scored by faculty or staff in NTC’s Testing Center.

Skill Demonstration

A performance of your expertise that is evaluated by faculty.

Combination: Test & Skill Demonstration

A combination of both a test and a skill demonstration.

Portfolio

A collection and explanation of your past learning through work or life experience.

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